Nine Kurdish journalists arrested, incarcerated in Turkey

Nine Kurdish journalists arrested, incarcerated in Turkey
Update: 29 October 2022 21:49
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The journalists have been interrogated over their news reports, their professional contacts, and were asked on whose instructions they made their news reports.

Nine Kurdish journalists were taken under arrest in Turkey, following their detention in house raids on Tuesday.

The journalists were asked questions about their jobs and professional contacts during the interrogations, +Gercek reported.

Diren Yurtsever, the executive editor of Mezopotamya News Agency, was asked why she had accepted the job. She was interrogated over his own photo holding a microphone with the logo of MA, and asked if she knew the other journalists who were detained.

Oznur Deger, a reporter for all women news agency JinNews, was asked why she had accepted to receive an award by the Turkish Chamber of Architects. She was interrogated over the trips she had made for the job, and was asked on whose instructions she made her social media posts.

MA reporter Deniz Nazilim was asked why he became a member of the Dicle Firat Journalists Association, and whether or not he felt comfortable with working for MA.

MA reporter Emrullah Acar was asked why he worked for MA, and if he knew Selman Guzelyuz, his colleague in the agency.

JinNews reporter Habibe Eren was interrogated over the TV interviews she made on the assassination of Kurdish journalist and women's rights activist Nagihan Akarsel in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. She was asked by the prosecutor if she took instructions from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

MA reporter Berivan Altan was accused for his social media posts. He was asked from whom he took instructions for the news reports he made.

MA reporter Selman Guzelyuz was asked on whose orders he made news reports on anonymous witness statements, how he managed to finance himself, and why he followed the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) on social media. The prosecutor also asked him, "Where is Kurdistan?"

Only one, Mehmet Gunhan, who had earlier worked for MA as intern, was released under judicial control.